x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Defendant in drugs trial has died, Dubai court told

A man on trial for driving under the influence of drugs has died, the Criminal Court heard today.

DUBAI // A man on trial for driving under the influence of drugs has died, the Criminal Court heard yesterday.

H?G, 36, was arrested after police noticed his Mercedes veering across lanes on Sheikh Zayed Road near the World Trade Centre in the early hours of January 20.

He denied using drugs and driving under the influence. When the court convened to issue a verdict it heard that he had died.

The man was said to be suffering from “heart problems”.

His friend H?S, 41, a passenger in the car, was jailed for four years for drug possession and consumption.

The car they were in was moving from one lane to another “in a very dangerous way”, according to the policeman, S?S.

“Two men were in the car and when one stepped out, some tablets fell from his pocket,” he said.

The two men in the car, both Emirati, were arrested and taken to Bur Dubai Police station, where they refused to give urine samples and instead urinated on the floor of their solitary confinement cells in defiance. The urine on the floor was then used as a sample.

The driver was charged with taking drugs, driving under the influence of drugs and impersonation. The other man was charged with possession and consumption.

salamir@thenational.ae